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US announces new rules for H1B visas

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Photo from a pro-immigration reform rally in Los Angeles. John Moore/Getty Images

This week U.S. officials announced news rules for some immigrants who come to the country and attempt to gain citizenship.

The H1B visa is a category allows U.S. employers to temporarily hire foreign workers in specialty occupations, typically science, technology and engineering.

The proposed rules would allow the spouse of an H1B immigrant to work while the applicant's citizenship status is under evaluation and it would also give employers more leeway when hiring foreign workers.

We'll talk to Neil Ruiz from the Brookings Institute to find out what impact it may have on the larger debate on immigration and what it means for people hoping to emigrate to the U.S. 

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